27 Apr 2021

Proudly South African, Congratulations to the production team of My Octopus Teacher, Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster,
for winning the Best Documentary Feature My Octopus Teacher at the Oscars.

The documentary has opened a window into the natural beauty and diversity of South Africa’s oceans and marine ecosystems.

Congratulations to the My Octopus Teacher production team and cast for representing South Africa with such passion and pride, while showing the world our beauty from a different perspective,” commented South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona.

“As a country South Africa is the third-most biodiverse country in the world. We have so much to offer for travellers, and My Octopus Teacher simply showcases to the world South Africa’s diverse and unique biodiverse offerings.”

The False Bay area in Cape Town is home to South Africa’s largest naval base — Simon’s Town — and also features fishing harbours, beaches, yacht clubs and coastal nature reserves.

South African Tourism recently engaged in a partnership agreement with Netflix South Africa that aims to promote the country through local productions.

“We know that films, documentaries and series play an important part in shaping audiences and their perceptions about a destination, so if there are more local productions that can be viewed globally,  the better for our country and the tourism sector,” concluded Ntshona.